‘You should be more worried about Paul Manafort meeting with Robert Mueller’: John Kerry fends off Trump’s attacks on his ‘illegal’ meeting with Iranian officials
Former secretary of state John Kerry is back in the Trump administration’s crosshairs after acknowledging that he met with Iranian officials after he left office.
Kerry defended the meetings, saying that, in his view, the US had “lost leverage” in the international community under Trump.
Trump described the meetings as “illegal” and raised the possibility that he may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed the remarks and described Kerry’s actions as “beyond inappropriate.”
Former secretary of state John Kerry is back in the Trump administration’s crosshairs after acknowledging that he met with Iranian officials after he left office, raising questions about whether such a meeting was appropriate for a former diplomat with no official role in government.
Kerry, who served during President Barack Obama’s administration, mentioned during a book tour that he met with the Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif three or four times after he retired. During an interview, Kerry said the discussions included the Iran nuclear deal — a landmark agreement from Kerry’s term that has since been abandoned by President Donald Trump.
In a separate interview on Fox News, Kerry defended the meetings, saying that, in his view, the US had “lost leverage” in the international community under Trump.
“When I met with the Iranians, the policy of the United States was still to be in the Iran deal,” Kerry said on Wednesday. “Secondly, every former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world, we all do that.”
Kerry continued: “We don’t negotiate, we’re not involved in interfering with policy, but we certainly have reasonable discussions about nuclear weapons, the world, China, different policies, obviously.”
Asked whether he floated the idea that international partners could simply hold out until Trump leaves office, Kerry said, “I think everybody in the world …read more
Source:: Business Insider